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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

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As the Tide Of Watergate Rises Higher Northwert Arkansa* TIMES, Sun., July 21, 1974 · FAVITTIVILLr, AKKAH«A» . 5A Youngest Nixon. Brothers Wraps Himself In Obscurity · ALDERWOOD M A N O R . '···Wash. (AP) -- Avoiding publicity when you're a Nixon isn't .easy. But to a remarkable ex.. tetit, Edward Nixon and his -..family have managed to im: pose obscurity on themselves. · ^Ed Nixon, 17 years younger ·than the President, left a tele- " phone company job to help his brother campaign in 1972 as co- ·-chairman o f - t h e Committee to , Re-Elect the President, ., /Now the President's youngest .brother wants no part of poli- .,,tics or political families- He hasn't seen the President since January, says Willis Tucker, a close friend. He lives with his family in a $40,000 ranch-style ·"house in this Seattle suburb, and he makes it clear that he wants to be left alone. He doesn't have a job. ;-. "He's trying to stay as far · away as possible from . . . I don't want to, say stigma, but the trouble his brother is hav- -'.ing." one friend says. "But, : well, it's hard on his family." · . - - ' A t 44, Nixon is described by ';· mends as a quiet, courtly man "-an introvert who at one lime · considered putting a steel fence - · a r o u n d his home to keep the curious away. Last year, he -told a reporter that he doesn' ,. read newspapers. Friends sa - h e has canceled subscription : to newspapers delivered to hi lotne. Earlier this year, Nixon was called to testify at the John Mitchell-Maurice Slans trial dbout a $200,000 contribution.to he 1972 Republican presidcn- ial campaign from financier Robert L. Vesco. BROTHERS TESTIFY In June, Ed and the third Nixon brother, Donald, 57, appeared before Seriate Water- Sate Committee investigators. Terbert W. Kalmbach, former personal attorney for President Wxon, had told the committee staff t h a t part of a $100,000 campaign contribution from ·loward Hughes delivered to Charles G. Ilebozo, a friend of the President, had been passed along to the President's brothers and to Rose Mary Woods, the President's private secretary. The matter is still under investigation. Both brothers vigorously de nied receiving any of the money- Telephone calls to the family home are recorded on a code-a phone. If they're from a report er, they're never returned. A reporter recently saw Nix on in a shopping area of Lynn wood, a Seattle suburb, and called to him. Hearing hii name, Nixon, without a glance back, hurried to his car ;lamined Ihe door and wheeled out of Hie parking lot. "Being the President's brother, the major disadvantage is rivacy," says one former business associate. "There is a point you get stopped 4n the street, '' in hotels, airports; people ask you wjial's the real story, what's ;happenin'g. He doesn't need this." It's understandable that he's ·ecognizcd. At 6-foot-'}, Ed Nixon looks like a tall, lanky ver- President. Asked reporter why he ion of the once by a Jidn't wear a campaign button, le pointed to his nose, which resembles the president's, and said, "Here's my campaign button." WIFE CAUTIOUS If anything, Gay Lynne Nixon, a math teacher at Meadowdale Junior High in nearby Edmonds, is more guarded aboul family privacy than husband Ed. Asked for an interview, Mrs. Nixon said, "Never ... no ma'am, never." "Even when things were rosv .(before Watergate), she didrit' want lo be in the limelight," said the school's principal' ' S h e doesn't like the notoriety." Nixon and his wife live wilh their two teen-age daughters, Amy and Beth, on one acre 20 nilcs norlh of Seattle. The girls iltend Ihe public high school. Al Glandl, Lyinvood police chief and a family friend, says, 'He's a common, ordinary guy. -.ols of guys because they're he President's brother wpujd throw Iheir weight around, demand this, demand that . . . They're just a common, ordinary family." ' · An acquaintance who knew Nixon from local Republican politics put it this way: "He lives in a modest home. .His wife.works; no sign of wealth. Just an average American, old John Doe himself." But Glandt says it hasn't all been smooth sailing. For several years Ihe Nixon home was hooked up to a burglar alarm system in Lynnwood. "At one' i'me they had trouble with people on Iheir properly, sighl- scers, people wanting to know what he looked like, whal the louse looked like," Glandl ays. More recently, lie adds, Ihe family has been plagued with anonymous phone calls, some apparently inspired by Water- gale, despite an unlisted telephone. SERVES AS TuUSTIiE In 1968, Nixon took a leave of absence from a middle management position with Pacific Northwest Bell to work in his brother's presidential campaign. He has not gone back. The years since have been tie. voted lo campaign work for bis brolhcr, service as a'trustee of he Nixon Foundation and private consulting on environmen- al problems As co-chairman of Uic Com- millee lo Re-elect the Prcsi- denl, Ed Nixon visited 31 stales in 1972 to speak on behalf of his Brother. His salary for campaign work has ranged from $1,755 to $2,-100 a month. A graduate of Duke University and North Carolina State, Nixon has a master's degree in ·geology. He joined the N a v y - i r 1055 and in IflGO moved to Seattle from Los Angeles. He worked wilh the Navy ROTC at Ihe University of Washington and moved to his home here seven years ago. Glandt says Nixon told him ii day, "if things don't pan out ust right, he'll have lo find a ob somewhere." Just what might "pan out" ic didn't say. But Nixon recently lold his friend Willis Tucker, a newspaper editor, .hat he is writing a book aboul the environment. Bui. Tucker said, "It's not really ready for publishing and he said he may never publish it." Nixon continues lo serve on the hoard of directors of J-Tec Associates, an lowa-base'd firm involved in oceanffgraphic instrumentation. A firm spokesman says Nixon attends three or four hoard meetings a year. In anolticr arena, Nixon holds a 3 per cent interest in the Seattle Kings, a group vying 'or a National Football League 'ranchise. T h e Nixon Foundation, 'ormed by the President's 'riends to build a presidential jibrary, has paid the President's youngest brother $30.000 over, the past four years to review sites and assist wilh historical materials relating to the President. But the foundation is in, a slate of suspension and is likely to remain so until President Nixon leaves office, according to ils director. Leonard K. Firestone, the tire magnate. 'Asked how Nixon supports himself. Tucker said, "Well, his wife works. She lias a lot of seniority. Must make ten, eleven, 512,00" a year as a teacher." "Be fair! How about the times he has NOT made personal use of campaign funds or hired 'plumbers' or chiseled on his taxes or promoted cover-ups ..." In Reversal Of Historic Role Women Help Police Tokyo . / T O K Y O AP) -- Can a wom- ;"an succeed as a police officer In male chauvinist Japan? " -Apparently, yes. . Japanese women, those so- called fragile, flower-like erea- ~"tures who for generations , obediently shuffled several ;. steps behind men, are today ·collaring smugglers and pick- 1 pockets and having illegally -parked cars hauled away. "' They're doing it and without . ' f r o m the male population of ,, Tokyo. ',,, In fact, staled the city's fop .woman cop, Inspector Fumiko Niki, "there are a number of -,, police duties women perform |, better than men." - Dressed in trim, miniskirted uniforms, Tokyo's women in ..blue can be seen every day di.. reeling traffic and lost pedestrians or buzzing about town in , super - compact patrol cars. Most are in traffic control, others staff the police emergen- "cy "110" phone line -- "because their voices carry bet -iter" -- the juvenile delinquency ..and (he criminal investigation ·Lsectipns. ... · . ;. In all, there are about 1,440 female police officers in Tokyo, -compared to New York's 700. And there would be more if ·.l\\ete were room:1.300 women ;; took exams last' year for 200 '^openings. .-; "I've always had a yearning i.to be in the police," said officer ·Hitomi Ebina, 23, as she maneuvered "minipatrol cai r-No. 2" down a street crowdec .with illegally parked automo- ; biles. MARK CARS Officer Ebina and her part Tier, both petite and attractive would lean out of the window . every few yards with a tele /scoping chalk marker to scratch "15 minutes" on the ": pavement alongside the cars. ·· A tow Iruck is radioed for as 'Ihey round Ihe block. A quartei ' o f ; an hour later, back where hey began, an office worker pproaches them to apologize, lis station wagon is about to e taken away by the towing rew. Officer Ebina, cool and unruffled by the man now tower- ng over her, orders the car re- eased and hands him an $18 icket. "I never rip up a ticket," she explained later. What incentive is there for to- lay's fragile flowers to put aside kimono and zori or blue cans and sneakers and slip nto a patrolwoman's uniform? For one thing, exceptionally good pay for a woman in Ja)an. Officer Ebina each month akes home about twice the na- .ional average salary for someone of her age and educational background. Starting police officers with a ligh school diploma earned $378 a month in Tokyo. The national average pay for a woman with the same education is only about 5195. While Japan still maintains severe -- by Western standards -- social and legal discrimination against women, police work is one of the few fields offering a semblance of eciuality with men, particularly In the pay and promotions department. "When I joined the force 15 years ago, policewomen were still obliged to serve male officers tea and w i p e off their desks each morning," said assistant inspector Kuniko Miya gawa, 39. "Now they no longer think of us as women -- just another cop," said Miss Miyagawa, a handsome woman who lias been commended more than a dozen times for nabbing jold smugglers ann* shoplifutrr as well as for her work wilh juvenile delinquents. Today MiM Miyagnwa heads the traffic 000** Motion at Tokyo's Atago police slation, and she sees room for improvement. "My big complaint is that tlie slation house is filthy and that we must share the same lavatory with men. This place is pretty old, so I suppose it can't be helped," she said. And job discrimination re- nains. ASSIGNMENTS 'If things were perfect, there vould be women in all sections of the police department," she said. Women officers arc kept rom dangerous assignments, such as riot control, have no night duty and don't carry revolvers. They're unarmed, but no easy pushovers. Each is trained in at least one Japanese mar- lial art and given instruction in the use of firearms. "As a single woman, I feel freer lhan I would working in a private company," said Miss Vliyagawa. "We are more at liberty to date without fear of gossip." Before she graduated from a Buddhist college, Miss Miyagawa had thought of a teaching career. Instead she became a cop. "When I entered the force, Tokyo had a serious juvenile delinquency problem. 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